Uber cab rape case: All you need to know

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Two days after an Uber cab driver was arrested for allegedly raping a 27-year-old woman in Delhi, the Centre on Tuesday advised all States and Union Territories to ban all unregistered, internet-based cab booking services.

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What is the case?

  • A 27-year-old woman was allegedly raped by the driver of uber cab service on Friday night.
  • The woman who works for a finance company in Gurgaon had hired taxi from Vasant Vihar to return home in Inderlok area of north Delhi.
  • According to reports, the victim dozed off on the back seat of the car. Following this, the driver took her to a secluded spot.
  • The driver locked all the doors of the car and raped her.
  • When the victim tried to raise an alarm, the driver thrashed her.
  • Reports say he dropped her home and warned her not to inform anyone about the incident.
  • Meanwhile, the victim managed to note the driver's number and also, clicked a photograph of his car.

Delhi Police launched a massive search operation to nab culprit

  • The Delhi Police launched a massive search operation to nab the culprit.
  • 12 teams were sent to Mathura and other parts of Uttar Pradesh in search of Shiv Kumar Yadav, the accused. 
  • The Police had also announced a cash reward of Rs one lakh for his arrest. 
  • Yadav, was finally was arrested from Mathura on Sunday night by a joint team of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh Police.
  • On Monday, Yadav was produced before Delhi court which sent him on three-day police custody.

Shiv Kumar Yadav is a repeated offender

  • 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav is a repeated offender says media reports.
  • He is a native of Mathura who was living in rented premises in Delhi. 
  • He is also involved in a rape case in 2011 for which he spent 7 months in jail.
  • The driver did not have a driving licence issued by the Delhi Transport Authority. 
  • A case of forgery has been slapped against Yadav for submitting forged documents with the Burari Transport Authority to get a tourist permit.

What is Government's response?

  • The Delhi Government has banned with immediate effect all operations by Uber in the city.
  • The transport department also blacklisted the international cab booking company from providing any transport service in the national capital in future.

Action taken against Uber

  • The Delhi Police interrogated Uber's head of India operations on Monday. 
  • Police said they were considering legal action against the taxi service for failing to run background checks on the driver.
  • Uber was also faulted for violating the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 by providing the commuter for local journey a taxi with an all-India permit.

What is Uber's response?

  • According to reports, Uber has shut its office in Gurgaon.
  • The company said there were no defined rules in India on background checks for commercial transport licences.
  • "What happened over the weekend in New Delhi is horrific. Our entire team's hearts go out to the victim of this despicable crime, said Uber CEO.

Uber faces problems galore across the world

  • The San Francisco based company, started in 2009, operates in over 200 cities of 45 countries.
  • In India, Uber cab services are available in Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Pune.
  • The ride-sharing service has also faced bans at one point or another in cities across the world.
  • In San Francisco and Los Angeles, district attorneys have accused Uber of misleading customers into believing they ban drivers who have ever committed criminal offences.
  • In Portland, Oregon, Uber began operating illegally on Friday night and could face penalties, according to the city's transportation bureau. 
  • A Netherland court recently said the company can't work with drivers who don't have a licence.
  • In September, courts in Berlin and Hamburg ruled the company did not comply with German laws and officially banned the service from using unlicensed taxi drivers.
  • In Toronto, Canada, authorities argued last month that Uber is "jeopardizing public safety" and is getting ready to fight the ride-sharing service in court.
  • Uber halted operations in Nevada after it issued a statewide ban against the service last week.

(With agency inputs)

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